Lib Dems fear community centre could be threatened

Zoe_O'Connel_cropped.jpgCambridge Liberal Democrats fear services at the city’s Meadows Community Centre could be under threat after Labour announced plans to cut council funding.

The decision comes as the council launches a review of the city’s community centre with the aim “redirecting resources” from the centre. 

But the Lib Dems claim the move is short-sighted and ill-conceived. The Meadows receives twice as many visits as any other community centre and 50 per cent more visits from priority and disabled groups, they say. 

They called for specific reference to the Meadows to be removed from the review when it was discussed by members of the Community Services Scrutiny Committee; but their amendment was rejected as a “waste of time”.

 Cambridge City Councillor, Zoe O’Connell, who represents Trumpington said: “Labour are looking to cut a well-used community centre that serves identified priority groups and were dismissive when we tried to stop them. This is a short-sighted and ill-conceived plan which will affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

“The centre is well used by the Moonbeams playgroup and for a range of classes. It is a place where all ages go for a variety of activities and yet Labour seem disinterested in that. 

 “They have said they want to redirect resource away from the Meadows as part of their review without providing any evidence to back up this approach and without any consultation.”


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